America began to punish Turkey

The White House said on Wednesday that Turkey's decision to buy the S-400 missile defense system makes it impossible to continue its participation in the F-35 fighter program. The US Defense Department has also informed Turkish pilots trained in the United States that they must leave by July 31,.

According to Skynews "The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence gathering platform that will be used to see its advanced capabilities," the White House said in a statement.

The White House added that the acceptance of the S-400 missiles undermines the commitments made by all NATO allies to each other to stay away from Russian regimes. "This will have a detrimental effect on the joint work between Turkey and NATO."

The ministry said it had informed Turkish pilots trained in the United States that they should leave by July 31.

The Pentagon said that Turkey would lose $ 9 billion from a cut in the F-35 deal.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon announced that it would begin the process of formally excluding Turkey from the F-35 program, citing Turkey's decision to buy the S-400 system that would affect Ankara's relationship with NATO.

On Friday, acting US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Washington's position was that Ankara could not own F-35s and S-400s, and that position had not changed.

Turkey began Friday to receive parts of the Russian-made S-400 rocket system, which the United States said threatened the most expensive weaponization program at the Pentagon, the F-35 fighter aircraft being manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

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